Diabetic Assistance Dog Programme Criteria

Hypo Hounds assists Type 1 Diabetics who have little or no hypo-awareness during the day ie: your bloods can fall as low as 2’s or even 1’s without any symptoms.

Clients must be diagnosed for over TWO years.

This to ensure that you have adjusted into living with Type 1 Diabetes and have obtained all the support necessary from your Diabetes Team,  as well as moving from DMI (Daily Manual Injections) to a pump. 

If you are newly diagnosed we recognise that this is a frightening time for you and your family – Please speak with your DSN (Diabetes Specialist Nurse) who will be able to point you in the direction of local support groups and also NHS courses.

We do support clients who have access to a CGM (Continuous Glucose Monitor).  We have found that our dogs are currently beating the CGM by approximately 15 minutes, by working together with technology it brings a wealth of health benefits for all.

Priority will always go to clients with the greatest clinical need, this is monitored on how many emergency hospital admissions you have had over the last year.

Sadly at this time, we do not cover any other health conditions.  

Applicant owned dogs:

If you would like us to consider assisting you train your own dog: 

• Dogs must be under the age of 2 years old and obtained Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme GOLD Award.

• Dogs must be neutered or spayed.

• Dogs must be up to date with all preventative healthcare or valid Titer test and hold full public liability insurance.

Please note: this does NOT Guarantee the suitability of your dog on this program and all dogs must pass our public access exam as well as other assessments before being formally accepted. 

If you have a puppy you will be able to access our puppy program, giving you access to our expert training early. 

We do not accept dogs from a guarding or fighting breed, brachycephalic or some herding breeds*.

*This is based on our trainers extensive knowledge, observations and past experiences of training such breeds.

Trained Hypo Hound program 

To be considered as an applicant for a fully trained Hypo Hound:

You must reside within an hours drive of our training centre and be able to commit to weekly training sessions which may require an overnight stay (at your expense).

Have little to no hypo/hyper awareness during the day and be compliant with your Diabetic Care testing your bloods a minimum of 6 times a day.

Applicants must be over 5 years old and under 70. 

In the case of teenage clients it is crucial that they are fully committed to the program for the life of the dog.  This can be particularly challenging for those going through major life changes such as work and university. 

Have a secure garden and be able to provide a stable loving home.

Hypo Hounds have a strict NO SMOKING policy (inc vaping) and will not place a dog in a household where smokers reside.

We will not place a dog in a multi-dog household.  If you have another dog this will be subject to an assessment.

** Please note Hypo Hounds will remain the owner of this dog, however, you will be responsible for food, insurance and vet fee’s and a placement fee of £50**

Our Trainers

Hypo Hounds trainers are some of the UK’s leading Home Office approved scent trainers.

They have all had extensive experience of dog scent training at the highest level and are all enhanced DBS-checked.

Having worked dogs all our trainers understand the unique bond between human and dog. 

They fully understand what it is like to depend on a dog for your safety. 

Hypo Hounds has over 200 years of hands on scent detection training knowledge at its disposal.

What does the training involve?

Regardless of which service we provide, Assistance dog training takes hard work, commitment and requires extensive record keeping.

Owners will need to test their bloods more frequently since this is a vital part of their dogs’ training. 

Hypo Hounds will require you to send in your blood glucose readings every 3 months to assist us with the training of your dog.

Where does the training take place?

All our training takes place during office hours of 10am – 4pm, Monday – Friday. 

Our training team does not work on weekends or Bank holidays other than when attending corporate events.  (Unless in Northern Ireland where training will take place at our NI hub).

Our trainers will advise clients on the best techniques to train their dog with all training tailored to individual needs. 

Assistance dog training is not a one size fits all package and every dog and Diabetic is different. 

Training time scales, therefore, differ from client to client. 

All training takes place at our bespoke training centre which is a 4 minute drive from Headcorn train station and 15 mins from the M20.   

Clients will be expected to attend our training centre (or HUB) on a monthly basis whilst getting their dog to the GOLD standard. 

Once Neutered/Spayed and Gold has been achieved clients will need to come to the training centre weekly. 

Additional services:

Hypo Hounds are extremely proud to be offering mental health and well-being supportive clinics as well as rest-bite care sessions for our clients.

These are held with our fully qualified (BACP) registered counselling team.

Hypo Hounds will also be offering mental health transitional clinics aimed at teenage clients to assist them with their independence and transition into adulthood.

There is an annual fee of £50.00 upon being accepted onto the Hypo Hounds program which goes towards admin and clerical fees.

Public Access rights for Hypo Hounds:

Additional information regarding Public Access rights can be found on the following external sites:

What do I do now?

 

Trained Hypo Hound Program APPLICATIONS OF INTEREST FOR 2020/21 ARE NOW CLOSED
Applicant Owned Dogs Program APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN

If you feel you fit our criteria please contact us via email for an application form.

“When I was contacted by Hypo hounds I instantly wanted to know more about the work that they are doing in the Type 1 Diabetic community. I was surprised that such a small charity still in its infancy is doing such ground-breaking and life-saving work using man’s best friend. As a Type 1 Diabetic myself I totally understand the daily struggles with blood testing and insulin injections and I have fairly good awareness of when my blood sugars rise or fall.

I was, however, shocked when I met the Hypo Hounds team and young Scooby who is partnered with Sophie did an amazing alert to my blood sugars being over what he was trained to detect. This for me was amazing as even I didn’t know what was happening but he did. I am honoured to become an ambassador for Hypo Hounds and hope to help them raise awareness and also much-needed funds”.

Dominic Littlewood Hypo Hounds Ambassador

Dominic Littlewood

Ambassador

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